We’re past midseason and the fantasy playoffs are only 5 weeks away. Now is the time to make a run, even if you’re sitting at 2-7. Players like Elijah Moore have immense upside and that’s what you should be chasing if you’re making any additions from the waiver wire.
As usual, there are several players to consider during your weekly waiver wire run in fantasy football based on at least 60% availability. I also include adds for those in deeper league formats. If you have any questions or need any fantasy football waiver wire advice, feel free to hit me on Twitter @101chalk. You can also check out my Waiver Wire Rankings.
Devonta Freeman – Baltimore Ravens
86% availability on ESPN
80% availability on Yahoo
Lamar Jackson is playing at an MVP level and putting up arcade numbers. This can be viewed as hurting Ravens RB production (which is true). But it is also true that Lamar’s level of play is increasing the floor and ceiling for his entire offense. Freeman looks to be taking control of the Baltimore backfield although a committee will be utilized through the season. Even so, he is the priority add at RB this week for those players who are eligible for this column.
Ty Johnson – New York Jets
79% availability on ESPN
87% availability on Yahoo
The Jets will continue to deploy a running back committee headed by the rookie Michael Carter and Ty Johnson. Regardless of who is under center for Gang Green, Saleh will lean on the running game to keep the pressure of his rookie and backup QBs. Johnson has been TD-dependent but he’s worth a stash, especially in PPR leagues. Johnson has strong pass-catching skills which consistently translates to targets and receptions.
Eno Benjamin – Arizona Cardinals
100% availability on ESPN
100% availability on Yahoo
The Cardinals were already down Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins entering their Week 9 contest against the 49ers. The injury bug struck again as Arizona lost Chase Edmonds to an ankle injury early in the game. Although James Conner stole the show with a throwback performance capped by 3 touchdowns, the second year RB carried the ball 9 times for 39 yards a score of his own. Conner has an injury history of his own so Benjamin is worth a stash. Monitor Edmonds’ status leading up to Wednesday.
Elijah Moore – New York Jets
85% availability on ESPN
73% availability on Yahoo
The rookie broke out in Week 9 with an impressive 7 catch, 2 touchdown performance. Moore is one of the Jets’ few playmakers and the coaching staff will be looking to get the ball in the rookie’s hands more often from here on out. The rookie has now seen 20 targets over the last 3 games coming out of the bye. Moore has league winner written all over him as he faces the Dolphins, Jaguars, and Bucs during the fantasy football playoffs.
Donovan Peoples-Jones – Cleveland Browns
94% availability on ESPN
87% availability on Yahoo
The Browns have parted ways with embattled WR Odell Beckham Jr. which has opened up opportunities for players like DPJ. In Week 9, Peoples-Jones only saw 3 targets but made the most of them with 86 yards and touchdown. Most of the production came from a 60-yard touchdown catch. Cleveland is still a run-heavy team but Baker has been playing better lately so the ceiling of all skill players is raised. The second year pro is now starting across from Jarvis Landry and should be considered in most leagues.
Pat Freiermuth – Pittsburgh Steelers
67% availability on ESPN
60% availability on Yahoo
The Muth is loose! The rookie TE is a crowd favorite and rightfully so. Freiermuth has seen 7 targets in weeks 7 and 8 and his breakout has continued through his first year. The Steelers offense is packed with playmakers but Freiermuth is worth an add solely based on the volatility of the TE position.